Keeway V302C launched promising cruiser comfort at affordable price

QJ Motor-owned Chinese brand Keeway launches its new range flagship with the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 and Honda Rebel-rivalling, Keeway V302C

Keeway V302C Bobber

Chinese manufacturer Keeway has unveiled its all-new range flagship with the launch of the Royal Enfield Meteor 350-rivalling Keeway V302C cruiser.

While the brand name may be relatively little-known if your attention is drawn more towards larger capacity motorcycles, Keeway actually produces one of the UK’s best-selling models in the Keeway Superlight 125 LTD 55

A retro-flavoured custom roadster priced at just £2,649, the Superlight has found favour by offering Harley-inspired spirit at low prices.

It’s an approach that influences the new Keeway V302C too, with the pint-size bobber cruiser representing a more mature, premium effort that bears some resemblance to the Harley-Davidson Sportster S with its chunky bodywork, matte black finish and stylish arrow-shaped multi-spoke rims.

A spin-off brand owned by Chinese giants Qianjiang (QJ Motor) - which also presides over Benelli - Keeway has borrowed the style and underpinnings of the Asia-only QJ NTX300 (QJ300-12) model, including the 296cc two-cylinder engine kicking out 29.5hp of power at 9000rpm, plus 26Nm of torque at 7000rpm.

Features on the V302C include USD forks, an all-LED headlight and dual-channel ABS, a full-colour digital instrument meter and a 13.5-litre fuel tank.

While there is no word yet on whether the Keeway V302C will hit UK dealerships to slot above the Superlight, it has just been launched in selected European countries and also India, where it will go up against the Royal Enfield Meteor 350.

European prices start at €4,790 - just over £4,000 - putting the Keeway in line with the Meteor 350’s starting price of £3,879.